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Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Dec 08, 08

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Initially I thought Sister of my Heart was going to turn out a disappointment; the first chapter [ http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/books... ] reminded me of everything I disliked in The Mistress of Spices - the fairy tale references & the saccharine magical realism.
What saved it for me is the construct of alternating the chapters between Sudha's & Anju's narratives. Interwoven in the linear account of the story, there develops the silent subplot of what each girl desires to tell the other but is unable to vocalize. This unspoken narrative made the story more immediate and authentic, with the dramatic tension centered on the fluctuating relationship between the two girls, rather than on their individual struggles with social expectations & destiny.
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